KING OF GODS: The Jupiter Missile Story
A Series Reviewing Jupiter's Place in Space Age History
by Ed Kyle, Updated 8/14/2011
First Jupiter Launch, March 1, 1957
The Jupiter missile might be overlooked today, but
without it there would have been no Army Ballistic Missile Agency (ABMA), no Explorer I,
no Saturn launch vehicle, and no Marshall Space Flight Center. Without Jupiter, U.S.
astronauts would not have walked on the Moon in 1969.
Part 1: The IRBM Battle
Part 2: Defining and Designing Jupiter
Part 3: Testing Jupiter, Part 1
Part 4: Testing Jupiter, Part 2
Part 5: Juno II Satellite Launcher
Part 6: Jupiter Deployment
Part 7: Juno III, IV, and V, Plans for Orbit
Part 8: Legacy